Thursday, 15 March 2012


puffed beetroot bread(puri)
This is my favourite - beetroot, used to add that lovely colour to the meal. It works wonders with children.
They love the colour and I have had instances of 3 year olds eating as many as 8 of these beautiful puris.
They are so simple to make, tasty and healthy too. All you need is beetroot puree stored in your freezer and wheat flour and you can create this wonder in under 15 minutes.
I always have beetroot puree cubed and frozen(as mentioned in my earlier posts). I put it in my flour to make flat breads of various kinds or baguettes or some savoury dish that can be used as an appetizer.

Beetroots are rich in folate and iron and hence good for pregnant women. It is also high in soluble dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin C. It is good for instant rise in blood sugar levels as required by sportspersons.
There are many other benefits of beetroot and hence I like to include it in my diet for my family. Most importantly it protects the blood vessels as it has Betaine. It is also rich in Boron which is why I love it most.

makes 32

.Beetroot puree.............................1 cup
.Red chili powder.........................1/2 tsp.
.Wheat flour.................................2 cups taste, approx. 1/2 tsp.
.Vegetable oil...............................for deep frying

beetroot dough balls

rolled out dough

.Mix together wheat flour, salt and red chili powder.
.Slowly add the beetroot puree.
.Mix well and form into a hard dough.
.Knead well for about 7 to 8 minutes. Cover and let it rest for 30 minutes before using it.

How to proceed:
.Heat oil in a wok.
.Make 20 equal sized balls.
.Apply a little oil to each ball.
.Roll using a rolling pin into 4 inch circles taking care that they are even all over.
.Gently slide into the hot oil.
.Using a slotted spoon gently caress the surface, pressing down lightly.This helps in puffing up the flat bread.
.Quickly flip over and cook on the other side, about 30 seconds.
.Remove and drain oil on an absorbent kitchen paper.
.Serve hot.

The best way to cook beetroots are by boiling in a pressure cooker for 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool and the skin just slips off.
DO NOT top and tail or peel before boiling as it will lose all its flavour.

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